Categories & Tags: Labor

INSTITUTE INDEX: The post-recession shift to low-wage jobs leaves Southern workers struggling   |   February 4, 2016
Total number of jobs created in Southern states* since their unemployment rates peaked during the Great Recession that began in late 2007: nearly 4.3 million Average annual wage...

 

Charleston workers bring Fight for $15 agenda to South Carolina Democratic debate   |   January 22, 2016
As the Democratic Party held its fourth presidential debate in Charleston, South Carolina this week, more than 1,000 low-wage workers shut down the city's streets demanding...

 

VOICES: Why contingent faculty are organizing at Duke University   |   December 18, 2015
By MJ Sharp I've had the pleasure of teaching Duke undergraduates for just a few years now, but that has been long enough to see the disconnect between how the academy...

 

Four reasons for labor to cheer in the South   |   December 10, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   Labor activists and other progressive folks in the South have four new reasons to cheer: a United Auto Workers victory in Chattanooga, the...

 

Volkwagen workers celebrate election win, but question union's partnership strategy   |   December 9, 2015
By Chris Brooks, Labor Notes Skilled-trades workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have won union recognition by a vote of 108 to 44. The 162 workers in this...

 

VOICES: Media fails to reveal anti-union agenda of labor 'experts' in Tennessee   |   December 3, 2015
By Chris Brooks The United Auto Workers (UAW) are going in for round two at the Chattanooga Volkswagen (VW) plant. The National Labor Relations Board will be conducting a union...

 

Southern workers turn out in force to Fight for $15   |   November 13, 2015
Thousands of fast-food and other low-wage workers across the U.S. took part in strikes and protest rallies this week calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and union rights....

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fast-food workers get ready for biggest strike yet in Fight for $15   |   November 6, 2015
Date on which U.S. fast-food workers are planning another nationwide strike in their fight for a $15 hourly wage and union rights: 11/10/2015 Number of cities where protests at...

 

VOICES: Labor needs an old-time revival in the South   |   November 6, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   I've long preached about the need for labor and progressives in general who want to win over the South to tap into a Southern tradition...

 

Tefere Gebre: How labor can win the South   |   October 30, 2015
Tefere Gebre is an evangelist for labor organizing in the South. When he was 14, Gebre fled war-torn Ethiopia, walking for weeks to a Sudanese refugee camp before arriving in Los...

 

Mississippi's Howard Industries pays bottom-feeder wages but enjoys plaudits & subsidies   |   September 14, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South OXFORD, Miss. – Politicians and local editorial writers love Howard Industries of Laurel, Miss. The editors at the Laurel Leader-Call shower their...

 

More than a flag: South Carolina dockers push racial justice forward   |   August 31, 2015
By Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes After nine African American churchgoers were shot to death in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, longshoreman Leonard Riley Jr. was buoyed by the...

 

Organizing for a true reconstruction in the Gulf Coast: An interview with labor leader Saket Soni   |   August 26, 2015
Saket Soni is a national labor leader and an organizer of day laborers, immigrant workers, guest workers and others in New Orleans, the South and the country. He is the executive...

 

Why I went to Detroit: Reflections on the Fight for $15 movement   |   June 12, 2015
By Anna Swauger I've been on strike four times. Not something many people would expect from a worker living in North Carolina, but the Fight for $15 is not an ordinary...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Momentum builds in the Fight for $15   |   April 17, 2015
Number of workers nationwide who took part in this week's Fight for $15 demonstrations calling for a pay hike for low-wage workers: 60,000 Number of U.S. cities where Fight...

 

Students declare nationwide boycott of Wendy's over farmworker concerns   |   March 23, 2015
This past weekend students from across the U.S. declared a nationwide boycott of the Wendy's fast-food chain over its refusal to join the Fair Food Program created to help...

 

Volkswagen in Tennessee: Productivity's price   |   March 23, 2015
By Chris Brooks, Labor Notes Amanda (not her real name) was hired fresh out of high school to work on the Volkswagen assembly line. But after two years in the Chattanooga plant,...

 

In a 'right to work' state, union grows by fighting racism   |   March 13, 2015
By Laverne Wrenn, Labor Notes Racism is still a part of our everyday lives. The recent police murders of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice highlighted this fact in the...

 

As the nation commemorates Selma march, auto parts workers there fight for their health   |   March 9, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   A labor struggle is brewing in Selma, Ala., as President Obama, former presidents, Civil Rights era-veterans, journalists (including Labor...

 

Safety is life-or-death, say refinery strikers   |   February 13, 2015
By Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes Thousands of oil refinery workers are on strike over health and safety, demanding stronger measures to protect workers and surrounding communities...

 

The UAW's hovering presence forces Nissan in Mississippi to behave better even without an election   |   February 9, 2015
By Joe Atkins, Labor South   OXFORD, Miss. -- I remember my late father, a tool and die maker, telling me with pride how the company he worked for in central North...

 

Green groups back oil worker strike   |   February 4, 2015
By Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams In what may seem like an unlikely alliance, environmental groups are throwing their full support behind oil industry workers who on Sunday...

 

'Employee engagement' no subsitute for a union at VW   |   December 18, 2014
By Alexandra Bradbury, Labor Notes What should we make of the latest twist at the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Volkswagen plant? Management announced in November that it will recognize...

 

UK Parliament hears of slavery risks in NC tobacco fields   |   December 16, 2014
The British House of Commons debated legislation today addressing human rights abuses in UK-based companies' supply chains, and North Carolina's tobacco fields came up as...

 

INSTITUTE INDEX: Fighting for $15, and winning   |   December 5, 2014
Number of cities where fast food and other low-wage workers went on strike this week to demand a $15 minimum hourly wage and the right to form a union: 190 Year in which the...